HS teams hold off El Do­rado

The Sentinel-Record - - SPORTS - FROM STAFF RE­PORTS

EL DO­RADO — Hot Springs’ se­nior high boys’ and girls’ bas­ket­ball teams earned hard­fought road vic­to­ries Fri­day ahead of Tues­day’s home date with Lake Hamil­ton.

Sopho­more guard Jaylia Reed made two free throws with five sec­onds re­main­ing in the game to lift the Lady Tro­jans (7-6, 3-0

5A-South) to a 44-42 win. She scored 17 points in the game, shoot­ing 11-for-11 at the free throw line.

Hot Springs needed a fourth-quar­ter come­back to get into po­si­tion for the win. El Do­rado

(11-4, 2-1) led, 13-12, af­ter the first quar­ter and took a 26-16 lead into half­time. The Lady Tro­jans cut into the lead in the third quar­ter to make it 33-26 and outscored the Lady Wild­cats,

18-9, in the fi­nal frame. Sopho­more Jurnee Hicks added eight points, all in the sec­ond half. Se­niors Kiah Beau­ford and Bre Collins each fin­ished with six points.

Hot Springs will be at home on Tues­day to face Lake Hamil­ton (10-4, 3-0) at Tro­jan Field­house. They are the last two re­main­ing un­de­feated teams in 5A-South con­fer­ence play.

Lake Hamil­ton handed Sheri­dan (14-1, 2-1) its only loss of the sea­son, 55-47, on Jan. 4 and Lake­side (13-3, 0-3) its sec­ond loss of the year,

60-45, on Tues­day. The Lady Wolves won, 61-38, on Fri­day at home against J.A. Fair (1-12, 0-3). Boys

Hot Springs’ se­nior high boys used an­other bal­anced scor­ing ef­fort to hold off El Do­rado,

71-66, Fri­day.

Ju­nior for­ward San­ti­air Thomas led the Tro­jans (15-2, 3-0) with 22 points, while sopho­mores J.J. Walker and Caleb Camp­bell added

13 and 12 points, re­spec­tively. Fresh­man cen­ter Jabari West scored eight points and ju­nior Kaleb Hugh­ley scored seven.

“We didn’t play our best bas­ket­ball and must con­tinue to lock in ev­ery night,” com­mented Hot Springs head boys’ bas­ket­ball coach An­toni Lasker. “Give El Do­rado kids credit, they took it to us.”

The Wild­cats are 5-9 over­all and 1-2 in the

5A-South.

Hot Springs will be at home inside Tro­jan Field­house on Tues­day to host Lake Hamil­ton

(12-2, 3-0), the only other team in the con­fer­ence with­out a league loss. The Wolves won,

57-43, against J.A. Fair (6-8, 1-2) on Fri­day at Wolf Arena.

Lake Hamil­ton is sched­uled to host Hot Springs in Pearcy on Feb. 8.

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